Mentality & the Effects It Has On Your Games
Think Like a Pro
TLDR: Hello everyone! My name is Nimai, I am a to 500 Overwatch coach. In this video, I break down the importance of having a good mentality. I dive into specifics of key principles such as blaming other people, being to worried what other people play, being more positive in games, understanding that losing is normal, and actually putting ideas into action.
After nearly 4 years of playing, and 2 years of coaching by far the biggest issue that plagues players is a poor mentality. The SINGLE most important thing that allowed me to dramatically boost my SR was having a good mentality (not mechanics), and NOT listening or following to what everyone in my rank is saying.
So you may be asking what do I mean by having a good mentality? There are many parts to this question, so I am going to break it down.
1) Stop finding excuses to why you are losing:
I can’t stress this enough, if you want to actually improve you need to stop blaming your teammates and blame your self EVERY TIME. If you died because you were low and didn’t get healed because your healers were extremely distracted, blame yourself for getting low in the first place and NOT your healers.If you go in on an amazing opportunity, but die because everyone decided to stay back and not follow you, blame YOURSELF for overextending and not taking the time to make sure your team was there to follow up. If you keep getting picked from other DPS because either your Tanks are not doing the best, or your DPS aren’t dealing with them, STILL blame yourself for not adapting to the situation and not positioning accordingly (there is always a good position to be in).If the enemy has a team wipe ultimate, but your Zen/Lucio isn’t paying attention and uses their ult ( i.e your only hope for winning the fight), blame YOURSELF for not assessing the situation fast enough and bringing this to your teams attention and semi-consistently avoid what normally would be doom.Are you seeing the theme? Improvement in Overwatch comes from realizing that you can’t control every aspect of your team, however you can influence them, while controlling what happens to you. Never think what you TEAMMATES could have done differently, instead think what YOU could have done differently.
2) Stop caring what characters your teammates play:
This goes in the same vein as the example prior, but still important to remind. What your teammates choose to play isn’t your concern, however suggesting a pick is fine, but don’t ask more then once and don’t be demeaning. If your comp is bad just remember that despite how it seems to always happen to you, this just as much happens to your opponent.
3) Be the better person:
A fantastic way to increase your chance of winning/influencing your games is by being positive. How many games were lost because emotions were high and too many people were upset? How many games do you just wish your team listened to you more? Well I can tell you right now that being toxic, rude, and especially passive aggressive will make things worse.Be the better person, even when your teammate (and sometimes your whole team) is being incredibly rude, the craving to say something back is so high; you know they are wrong on so many levels, and they are being so irrational….. Doesn’t matter, bite your tongue and still be a positive teammate.There are many ways to go about this, probably the easiest way to be positive is by simply ignoring (i.e mute them) and making call outs in game. Remind your team of why everyone is there in the first place. Another way of going about this which is a lot harder to do (but very effective), is by keeping the beat in your voice up and tell your team that the game is still winnable, and remind your teammates the good things you all have been doing, and nicely address the issues you are having (without blaming) while giving advice on what to do (again without pointing fingers).
A good example of this was when I was in a game that was very close, but we never seemed to get the edge. We would hold first point Hanamura very well, but somehow we would lose towards the end and get rolled immediately on second point. This happened twice and my team was beyond tilted. On our next go on defense I reminded my team what a great a good job we have been doing when holding first point. I told everyone to stop blaming each other because nothing good will come from it, and to focus on this round. I noticed we would lose because we would use too many ults when rolling them, and when the last 30 secs showed up we had no ults to respond to theirs. So I told my team exactly that, and made sure to not single out the Zen (defensive ult), and just told everyone to keep in mind while trying to make an effort to communicate ults before fights. And what do you know? We didn’t waste ults, no one was tilted anymore even when things were tense, and we won. Obviously this won’t happen every time, but this will happen enough to make the extra effort worth it. Also it makes losing not so bad, because when I am positive even if we are crushed a good amount of times everyone just says “unlucky” followed by “Good game, wish you luck in your next game.”
4) Be okay with losing A LOT:
The unfortunate truth is that despite all the benefits Overwatch has for being a team game, the reality is that means a good amount of power is taken away from you. So be okay with losing, one thing I really try to drill into the minds of people I coach is that most games are out of your control.Some games you will most likely win even when doing bad, and others you will lose no matter how many 6ks you get. Something I highly recommend if you struggle with seeing your SR go down (like me) is to have at least one other tryhard account (if not 2) that way if you lose a lot on one, you still have the others to fall back on. It also allows you to focus on your play, and not be so worried about your SR dipping.
5) Actually make the effort:
I can’t tell you the amount of times I see someone explain word for word what they are doing wrong, and even point it out to me, but simply just not put in the effort to make a change. Results don’t happen overnight, and definitely don’t happen if you never put them in action. Making an effort is hard, and there is not one person who can tell you otherwise. You have to go out of your norm, force your subconscious to not make the same decisions as you have been doing. It’s tedious, and honestly draining but it’s the only way you will force your subconscious to pick up this new knowledge. So don’t just look for answers, take the next step.
We have talked about a lot here, so let me do a summary. In order to improve your mentality to better further your SR, you need to stop blaming other people and take the blame.Stop being so worried about what other people are playing, and focus on your own gameplay. Understand that losing is part of the game, and you can’t get frustrated every time it happens. Always be the better person, don’t be toxic while keeping your team tempo up; and probably the most important one…. Actually make an effort to put what you learn into practice, don’t just watch/read something online and think that’s all it takes, actually put the mental effort to put that knowledge in your games.
Thank you so much for reading until the end, it really means a lot and I hope you learned a lot from what I had to say. Also if you are also interested in 1 on 1 coaching feel free to book a session at OverwatchSchool.com.